dispense

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: dispensé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French dispenser, from Latin dispensare (to weigh out, pay out, distribute, regulate, manage, control, dispense), frequentative of dispendere (to weigh out), from dis- (apart) + pendere (to weigh).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

dispense (third-person singular simple present dispenses, present participle dispensing, simple past and past participle dispensed)

  1. To issue, distribute, or give out.
  2. To apply, as laws to particular cases; to administer; to execute; to manage; to direct.
    to dispense justice
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      While you dispense the laws, and guide the state.
  3. To supply or make up a medicine or prescription.
    The pharmacist dispensed my tablets.
    An optician can dispense spectacles.
  4. (obsolete) To give a dispensation to (someone); to excuse.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 34, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      After his victories, he often gave them the reines to all licenciousnesse, for a while dispencing them from all rules of military discipline [].
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 11, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
      It was resolved that all members of the House who held commissions, should be dispensed from parliamentary attendance.
    • (Can we date this quote by Johnson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He appeared to think himself born to be supported by others, and dispensed from all necessity of providing for himself.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To compensate; to make up; to make amends.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      One loving hour / For many years of sorrow can dispense.
    • (Can we date this quote by Gower and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      His sin was dispensed / With gold, whereof it was compensed.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

Noun[edit]

dispense (countable and uncountable, plural dispenses)

  1. (obsolete) Cost, expenditure.
  2. (obsolete) The act of dispensing, dispensation.

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Deverbal of dispenser.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dispense f (plural dispenses)

  1. dispensation

Verb[edit]

dispense

  1. first-person singular present indicative of dispenser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of dispenser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of dispenser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of dispenser
  5. second-person singular imperative of dispenser

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

dispense f

  1. plural of dispensa

Verb[edit]

dispense

  1. third-person singular past historic of dispegnere

Anagrams[edit]


Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

dispense

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of dispensar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of dispensar
  3. first-person singular imperative of dispensar
  4. third-person singular imperative of dispensar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

dispense

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of dispensar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of dispensar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of dispensar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of dispensar.